It’s no secret that the pixel perfect image of beauty Photoshop creates is basically unattainable, just like it is unreal and misleading; it’s also no secret that in every fashion photo you see you are more likely to fall for the “fixed” reality rather than the genuine truth, with more things tweaked that you could think of.
So it’s a good thing that in a world keen on altering our image and our mind via Photoshop and social media, there are people who still choose to expose the truth, women who are not afraid to embrace their true beautiful selves (here’s looking at you Gigi Hadid).
And while a blemish fix here, and a touch of colour there wouldn’t bother anyone as long as they were used for purely aesthetic purposes, the fine line between polishing the reality and totally reinventing it is constantly being pushed. When a survey reveals that 70% of women feel depressed after looking at a fashion magazine for 3 minutes instead of them feeling inspired, perhaps even motivated, you just know things aren’t exactly right.
So here’s to encouraging women to aspire to a healthy body rather than impossible standards of beauty, here’s to celebrating realness in every shape, colour and size.
Below, 7 things that are Photoshopped in practically every fashion photo you see.
Barely noticeable pimples to acne, spots to birthmarks, blemishes to blips and dark circles, anything that’s likely to “ruin” the lustrous smoothness of skin in a fashion photography is considered a flaw, or an anomaly, whichever the title they’re the first to be removed with painterly artistry:
2. Skin folds & skin tone.
If you ever wondered why skin folds are never part of the picture that is because they are being carefully removed due to unaesthetic values and to further enhance the porcelain-like appearance of the skin. Evenness of the skin to skin tone, trust that everything is being meticulously adjusted:
3. Waist & hips.
Here’s where things usually get real tricky; in the moment a woman’s body has to suffer such tremendous transformations just to sell a product, just to fit an idealized standard of beauty, just to force up an unattainable ideal on girls and women who are already being told how they should look and feel about themselves on a daily bases, reality ceases to exist, replaced by a sad, sad fantasy.
There’s no such thing as a perfect body, because every body is already perfect in it’s own way, beauty is all about embracing diversity with all of its shapes and sizes, beauty is about being real and appreciative of every little bit of you, beauty is about loving your body no matter what and taking good care of it:
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